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無雙直傳 | 10th Apr 2006, 15:13 PM | 英文文章 | (1904 Reads)
EU enforces penalties on imported China shoes, do EU Officials read ?

 

Why did Premier Wen encourage Hong Kong person because they do not read the book?

 

 


       European Union (EU) pleads anti-dumping resulting in levying temporary tariffs to imported China leather shoes. Even not discussing the EU violation of World Trade Organization anti-dumping rules, they do violate their own anti-dumping laws and procedures. Who will be the winner of this policy? Referring to recent news, Premier Wen Jiabao who official visited Fiji and tolad people in Hong Kong to stay united and use their full potential to develop the economy. It is because that would ensure a prosperous future of Hong Kong. Who will deserve the benefit if Hong Kong moves into the bright future?

 

 
Before answering these questions, I cite one paragraph that is a memo written by a global managing editor of Reuters to his staff in , “I grew up in New London, Connecticut, which in the 19th century was a major whaling center. In the 1960’s and 70’s the whales were long gone and the major employers in the region were connected with military……….The peace dividend changed the region once again, and now it is best known for the great gambling casino of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods and for the pharmaceutical researchers of Pfizer. Jobs went; jobs were created. Skills went out of use; new skills were required. The region changed; people changed. ……..Change is hard. Change is hardest on those caught by surprise. Change is hardest on those who have difficulty changing too. But change is natural; change is not new; change is important. The current debate about off-shoring is dangerously hot. But the debate about work going to India, China and Mexico is actually no different from the debate once held about submarine work leaving New London or shoe work leaving Massachusetts or textile work leaving North Carolina. Work get done where it can be done most effectively and efficiently………..It helps because it frees up people and capital to do different, more sophisticated work, and it helps because it gives an opportunity to produce the end product more cheaply, benefiting customers even as it helps the corporation. …………….But it’s time to think about the opportunity as well as the pain, just as it’s time to think about the obligations of off- shoring as well as the opportunities…..Every person, just as every corporation, must tend to his or her own economic destiny, just as our parents and grandparents in the mills, shoe shops and factories did.”
 
As described in those wise words above, things will change but ironically nothing is new beneath the Sun.
 
Of course, Science and technology are being developed fast to drive the change of social form and living style enormously; it is also a result of fast economic change too, and it is hard for people to adapt. Better technology helps us to change and to enhance ourseleves to fit in the changing circumstance. Like myself, I can use electronic dictionary to assist reading and writing of English. I am fortune than my father, he did not have such tool to learn English when he was young,  otherwise, his English must be better than me. We are facing change, globalization, competition of China, India, but also other lower labour cost developing countries. What can we do as people living in developed cities? To change ourseleves, to enhance our skill, our knowledge, our thinking and to find opportunity in the changing World will become the prime mission to catch up with the pace of the world.
 
  We are hard to adapt the fast changing world than before. we are lucky,however, than before as today we have better technology, we know more in science, we have better social welfare though they are not perfect. Were our predecessors hard to face change? Did our parents and grandparents face living problem? We are lucky than them because we are in peace. We are fortune because we are born in here but not immigrants who need to face a strange place.
 
  Going back to answer the question, Who will be the winner of the anti-dumping policy? European consumers give more to buy shoes so they are not. EU manufacturers invest and set up 478 plants in China exporting to the European market, they are the losers. The development of the Chinese footwear industry also ensures EU exports of shoe-making machinery, leather and other raw materials, so these EU exporters are another losers. The labours in EU footwear industry will win in short term but they will lose in the future because no one can stop globalization. No one will win by adopting protection tactics, but all are winner in adopting change as a practice.    
 
  Back to Hong Kong, we must adopt change as a norm of the modern World. Mostly our parents and grandparents were immigrants who built up a stable and flourishing Hong Kong in history. We were self-confident at the 80’s and we were arrogant too.. We were proud of our legal and economic system indeed we neglected their shortcoming. At the heyday, we indulge in the success with arrogance. At this crisis, we also indulge in self-distrust. “Help me please! Help me please!” Asking the SAR Government, asking the Central Government whom Hong Kong people had ignored the Mainland people at the heyday. If we do not adapt to change, no one can help. No one can stop the world in moving into globalization which fazes the Americans, the Europeans, the Japanese, and all people on earth. If we admire the western culture and system, then why not believe in our individual talent? Changing ourseleves is the only way to bring us back to track in  the globalization challenge as the World is flat now.